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Elder Abuse - A growing societal issue
Elder Abuse - A growing societal issue

 LIV Ethics 05 Jul 2018

A longstanding client comes to see you and asks that you prepare a Power of Attorney for her elderly father who lives in a nursing home.  She wishes to be appointed...

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Profession by lawyers
Profession by lawyers

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Jun 2018

A commitment to public service must involve more than providing a service to the public. Law has since medieval times taken its place as one of the three...

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My Co-executor Client is a Nightmare - What can I do?
My Co-executor Client is a Nightmare - What can I do?

 LIV Ethics 17 May 2018

You were appointed by a long-standing client as an executor of his Will in conjunction with his daughter as your co-executor.  Following the death of your client, probate was granted...

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Ethics in the Financial Services World - Urgent action needed
Ethics in the Financial Services World - Urgent action needed

 LIV Ethics 19 Apr 2018

During the past week, the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (1) has heard some disturbing evidence about certain business practices embedded in various...

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The Police are in your Waiting Room with a Search Warrant - Don't panic!
The Police are in your Waiting Room with a Search Warrant - Don't panic!

 LIV Ethics 16 Apr 2018

Your morning is going quite well until your receptionist calls to tell you that two police officers are in your waiting room with a search warrant relating to the files of one of your longstanding commercial clients... 

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You Have Just Received Confidential Information Not Meant for You - What do you do?
You Have Just Received Confidential Information Not Meant for You - What do you do?

 LIV Ethics 11 Apr 2018

In our fastmoving electronic world, one computer keystroke can place confidential material into the hands of persons who are not meant to see it. The average citizen who receives the benefit...

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Working Through a Real-life Ethics Dilemma
Working Through a Real-life Ethics Dilemma

 LIV Ethics 07 Apr 2018

There are times in legal practice when you can see an ethical issue coming down the track.  It’s best to get on the front foot and to deal with the issue sooner rather than later...  

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Independence rules
Independence rules

 Gino Dal Pont 03 Apr 2018

Lawyer independence must function to moderate the trajectory and cost of litigation...

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Unsolicited
Unsolicited

 Law Institute Journal 01 Feb 2018

Letters to the editor: When a government last looked at nomenclature, wigs and titles, about 30 years ago, I among others suggested calling the magistrates’ courts “local courts” and...

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Verification of identity
Verification of identity

 LIV Ethics Committee 01 Feb 2018

Ethical dilemmas are part of everyday practice for solicitors. The LIV Ethics Committee is available to help...

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Dissecting dishonesty
Dissecting dishonesty

 Gino Dal Pont 01 Feb 2018

While expedience may tempt lawyers to falsely certify the witnessing or execution of a document, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that behaviour of this kind is dishonest...

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Top 10 Myths About Ethics
Top 10 Myths About Ethics

 LIV Ethics 07 Jan 2018

One of the more uncomfortable professional challenges for solicitors in our fast moving and overloaded information world is to remember at all times that we are members of an honourable profession and not just running a business...

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Robots & Legal Ethics - Duty to the court
Robots & Legal Ethics - Duty to the court

 LIV Ethics 06 Jan 2018

In Henry VI, William Shakespeare’s character Dick the Butcher says: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Whilst originally meant to be complimentary of honest lawyers...

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Your Worst Nightmare - The boss is unethical!
Your Worst Nightmare - The boss is unethical!

 LIV Ethics 05 Jan 2018

After 4 years of unremitting study and hard work at law school, you have finished your practical training, been admitted to practice, and started a new job as a first year solicitor... 

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Capacity - A search for the light
Capacity - A search for the light

 LIV Ethics 04 Jan 2018

One of the hardest tasks a solicitor may face in professional practice is deciding whether or not a client has legal capacity. Very often this task arises in the context of...

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